How Should I Respond When a Coach Makes an Offer?
Be prepared to address several key points
Every junior golfer who aspires to play college golf looks forward to the day
when a coach will finally make him/her an offer to join his/her team. Some offers
include guaranteed admittance into the school, an athletic scholarship (possibly
for multiple years), and/or a golf team roster position. Each situation varies
slightly depending on whether or not the golf program has golf scholarships to
offer and how prestigious the school is academically. NCAA Division III
programs (as well as some NCAA Division I and II programs) do not offer athletic
scholarships, meaning those coaches can only offer recruits a guaranteed roster
position and in some cases, help with the admissions process. Most of the elite
academic institutions will have their admissions staff “pre-read” the
prospective student-athlete’s academic transcripts in advance to indicate how
likely the applicant is to be admitted. “Green light” candidates are typically
recruited by coaches at these schools and encouraged to apply early to increase
their chances for success. Golf coaches will rarely guarantee an applicant he/she
will be admitted to school, instead deferring that decision to the admissions
So what are the real keys for responding when a coach calls to make you an
- Say “thank you” and let the coach know how excited you are about the news.
Tell him/her you appreciate his/her confidence in you as a recruit and,
potentially, as a future team member.
- Make certain you understand the details of the offer. If a golf scholarship
is included, is it a multi-year offer? Is the scholarship a specific dollar
amount, or is it based on a percentage of total cost? Are there
certainties/questions with your admissions status at the school?
- Ask the coach for a deadline so you are perfectly clear on when a decision
needs to be made. In cases where a coach replies, “No hurry, take your time to
decide,” follow up by asking again for some timeline to follow. This is a very
important detail to discuss and will prevent confusion or disappointment later
in the recruiting process.
If you’re responding to a coach’s offer, then congratulations are in order as
your hard work as an accomplished student-athlete has finally paid off! Knowing
how to respond will help you complete the recruiting process in a timely and
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